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Sponge Bath 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

   
Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Bob D'Antonio and Greg Hand
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Feb 5, 2006

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Description 

On the middle tier. Go left from the lower tier (bouldering wall) and reach the middle rock. Sponge Bath climbs the slab and then the handcrack on the left up a steep face past two bolts.

Protection 

Gold and blue Camalots plus quickdraws will get you to a two-bolt anchor.


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Sponge Bath and Depends on the left side of the Nu...
BETA PHOTO: Sponge Bath and Depends on the left side of the Nu...
Peter Dillon high-stepping the crux.
Peter Dillon high-stepping the crux.
The route. Stacy ready to attack the crux traversi...
The route. Stacy ready to attack the crux traversi...

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By David A. Turner
May 16, 2006
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Also an option to put gear in the handcrack, but climb to its right a bit, then jog back left at the overhang. Nice combination of gear and bolts. Sweet bit of steep face climbing at the top.
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 4, 2006
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

We climbed directly up the hand crack in the slanting corner on the left instead of taking the line shown in the beta photo. A #2 and #3 Camalot protected this section well. Thin crux move past the first bolt on the headwall above.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Aug 23, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Better and more independent if done from the left-hand crack the whole way - 2.5" handcrack down low. Take a red & yellow Camalot.
But be careful- not all of the flakes in that crack are trustworthy for gear. I was careful and I've heard a story involving some rock blow-out.
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Apr 28, 2013

The crack is really fun when done as a lieback.